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#2375307 Has the Detroit diamond lost it's shine?

Posted by Barrie on 28 March 2013 - 04:54 PM

Detroit hasn't lost anything. For the 100th time, I think it's obvious Holland is building the team through the draft, and the days of Free Agents and blockbuster trades ended in 2005 when the Salary Cap was introduced. The market for UFA's and trades are way over priced.


Seriously people can't see what Holland is doing with the team and don't understand how the cap works? Geeze, it's been 8 years!


Edit: Also keep in mind the cap is going down next year.

#2374514 "Fight Night at the Joe" 16th Anniversary

Posted by Barrie on 26 March 2013 - 10:54 PM

My favorite Championship is 2002, but nothing will beat those late-90's teams. Stevie, Shanny, Fedorov, Ozzie, Lidstrom, Murphy, DMac, Lapointe, Larionov, Kozlov, Draper, Maltby, Holmstrom, etc. I miss those guys.

#2374444 Iginla may/may not have added Detroit to his trade list

Posted by Barrie on 26 March 2013 - 05:19 PM

Just heard today on TSN 1050 Iginla's list has 4 teams, the last 4 Cup Champs: Pens, B.Hawks, Bruins, and Kings. Since we're switching Leagues next year, I hope he goes to the Bruins. Let Boston gutt their farm system for him.

#2374125 Most Popular NHL Teams in Sweden

Posted by Barrie on 25 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

Colorado had a lot of fans in late 90s and early 00s, but that's pretty much all died out.  


It's even died out in Colorado :innocent:

#2373805 Most Popular NHL Teams in Sweden

Posted by Barrie on 25 March 2013 - 04:22 PM

My question is how can a team that has no Swedes have the largest following in Sweden?


Considering the Pens have only 3 players born outside North America, I wouldn't think they'd have a huge long term following in Europe. Maybe just some fans who started following them because of Crosby.

#2373394 10/24 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Ducks 1

Posted by Barrie on 24 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

Wow getzlaf and perry showing emotion. I wish we had guys that showed half of that.


No way, Getzlaf and Perry are some of the biggest babies in the league.

#2370906 Kyle Quincey to miss 4-6 weeks

Posted by Barrie on 18 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

If this team misses the playoffs, this could be his last game of the year.  


Interesting to see what they do with this bust in the offseason.  For his Jon Scott like numbers, he's eating up a lot of cap space.  Not to mention, that top pick we traded for him.


On the bright side, Carlo Coca Cola may get some playing time soon.   :glare:  


Quincey is one of many over priced Defencemen in the current NHL cap world. The market for average "D" is inflated. If we weren't overpaying for Quincey, we'd be overpaying someone else.

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#2369921 Time to blow it up and rebuild

Posted by Barrie on 16 March 2013 - 07:24 AM

Can people really not see or understand that we're currently rebuilding on the fly?

I look at it differently. I do not see it a a drastic decline in the Wings, but rather, an improvement in the competition. The salary cap era was created to gain parity in the league, and I think it has done so. For a lot of those years prior, the Wings had an open checkbook and could dominate the league in paying for talent, and it showed. Unfortunately, it has caused a lot of spoiled fans that are now longing for the return of those days. Well, people, those days are over.


You know what's sad? Is that some people need to be reminded that there's a salary cap.

#2366755 Datsyuk - Cleary - Abdelkader

Posted by Barrie on 08 March 2013 - 07:36 PM

The Dats-Cleary-Abby line is my only complaint about the team. With Franzen back, I don't know why Babs loads up a line with Brunner-Z-Franzen, then has Cleary and Abby with our best player.


Abby should be on a line with Tootoo.

#2366553 wings arent winning the cup

Posted by Barrie on 07 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

I'm not saying we'll win or lose, but this year going into the playoffs we won't have any pressure (Chicago's going to have all the pressure), and we have guys on the team who have been there and done that. All teams have to do is get a couple breaks, get hot at the right time, and believe in themselves.


Again, if I'm on another team in the west, or just a fan, I don't want to play the Wings in the playoffs. Playing this year's Wings in a best of 7 would take a lot out of you.

#2366540 wings arent winning the cup

Posted by Barrie on 07 March 2013 - 10:59 PM

Have you been watching them lately?

They look like a playoff bound team to me.. And after that, any team that makes the playoffs can win the cup.


Right, I don't know what everyone else is watching, but this team is good! They work hard, they're tough, fast, block a lot of shots, and Howard is probably playing the best he ever has. Just wait until Helm comes back!


I know if I was on one of the other teams in the West, I wouldn't want to play the Wings in the playoffs.

#2363621 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Barrie on 03 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

Here's what I want to see:


  • Tootoo destroying Carcillo in a fight (followed by Eddie complaining that Tootoo could hurt someone & should have only bro-tapped Carcillo on the arm)
  • A Kronwalling of Hossa (followed by Eddie complaining the Kronwall could hurt someone & should play with pads made of Nerf tm)
  • A Brunner hat trick (followed by Eddie complaining that shooting the puck at the Blackhawks net could hurt someone & that the Wings should just immediately dump the puck in the corner when entering the offensive zone)
  • Mule gets a goal (followed by Eddie complaining that the Wings could hurt someone by putting animals on the ice & that they could stick with a lineup of humans all under 5'10")
  • The Wings putting up 8 goals on Crawford in an 8-2 win (followed by Eddie complaining that the Wings can hurt someone's feelings by scoring too much & should pull their goalie upon attaining any type of lead to make things fair)

Granted, probably none of this will happen....except Mr. Subtle Interference complaining about something.


If CBC was showing the game they'd have huge man love for Toews, Seabrook, and Keith and would mention the 2010 Gold Medal win 27 times along with 10 replays and stats from the tournament. When they weren't talking about the 2010 Olympics, they'd mention 15 times how Lidstrom retired, the Wings are lost with out him, and can't get the puck out of their own end. Then there would be 14 mentions about how great Crawford is to make the people in Quebec happy, and 9 mentions of Emery leading the Sens to the 2007 Final to make people in Ottawa happy... Oh wait, can't forget about Sharp, he's from Manitoba.


Who cares about the game, because it's "Our Game"!!

#2363331 Faceoff violation Penalty

Posted by Barrie on 01 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

I'm still steamed about that call last night against Datsyuk that cost us the game against LA.  Its a call that's rarely made and to make it in a close game to put a team down two men is a complete joke.  The linesman need to drop the puck and not try to be the star of the show.  Don Cherry was complaining about it earlier this season and he's right, that call should never be made.


That's one of my complaints about NHL officials. They have way to much effect in momentum swings in games based on their calls. And it doesn't help that most of their calls are based on the score. They almost have as much effect on the momentum of the game as the players do, sometimes more.

#2361239 Official 2013 MLB Thread

Posted by Barrie on 25 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

Cabrera will definitely be in the starting 9, as will Rasmus I'd say. I think the Jays are in a good spot this year. Orioles will regress, the Yankees keep getting bad news, and the Red Sox have added a lot of new faces, but I don't know that it they will be better than last year. The Rays are still a threat, and despite the Yankees' poor off-season, they are still the Yankees. That said, I think the Rays could easily take a wild card spot. That line-up is loaded with power and speed.


Regardless, anyone bragging about a ST win is crazy, especially when it was in the late-innings when it's farm system vs. farm system.





Another tough loss for the Yankees. Any chance they trade for Alfonso Soriano?


I'm wondering if the AL Wild Cards are going to come out of the Central and West? Toronto, Baltimore, TB, and Boston could finish 10 games within each other (I still think the Yankees will win the division), meaning Chicago, Oakland, and Texas may battle for the two Wild Cards. Chicago has all those games against Cleveland, Minnesota, and KC, while Oakland and Texas play against Seattle and Houston. There's no easy games in the East.

#2360914 2/24 GDT : Canucks 3 at Red Wings 8

Posted by Barrie on 24 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

Is it just me, or is this season more interesting and exciting to watch then the years when we'd steamroll the West? With the way the League is set up and 8 teams making the playoffs, our season was usually done by December. This year regular season games mean more.


I'm not being ungrateful, I've appreciated everything I've watched the last 21 years with this team, but I find myself watching more regular season games this year.